The Statewide Feeding Task Force, working through the Unified Coordination Group (UCG), announced Colorado received $3 million delivery of infant supplies from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The delivery includes: 8,200 cases of formula, 23,260 packages of diapers and 53,167 packages of diaper wipes. These essential supplies will go to families who are experiencing poverty and not able to find resources to meet their basic needs.     This need arose because there was difficulty finding supplies in retail stores and because families are facing the economic impacts of being laid off from work and cannot afford supplies, even if they are available.

“We are proud to be leading the Statewide Feeding Task Force and are encouraged by the statewide coordination with partners to identify needs and collaborate to meet them,” said Colorado Department of Human Services Executive Director Michelle Barnes. “We are thrilled with the response we’ve received from FEMA and the quick distribution of these much-needed supplies. Together, we will get through this.”

Similar to the situation with toilet paper and hand sanitizer, panic buying has left stores and diaper banks empty of baby essentials. Colorado’s Family Resource Centers (FRCs), Early Childhood Councils and local food pantries have had difficulty purchasing supplies from normal distributors, creating a dire situation for families. Some families may be resorting to changing diapers infrequently, which can cause infections and require medical attention, a situation that must be avoided in light of the medical community’s current focus on COVID-19. Likewise, the inability of parents to feed their babies has a health impact on the child and increases family stress and risk for child neglect.
 
The Feeding Task Force is coordinating the delivery of these supplies to food banks and FRCs  with support from the UCG. The delivery of supplies will be coordinated by the UCG logistics team to 34 FRCs across the state and subsequently to the emergency childcare providers. FRCs are prepared to distribute these supplies directly to families in need utilizing existing local family support staff.  “Thank you to all the community partners in voicing this need, and to FEMA for working with Colorado and assisting in serving our families,” said Barnes. “In addition to the Emergency Child Care Collaborative and Colorado Crisis Services, this is one more way we are urgently working to support and meet the needs of Coloradans.”